Hybald of Bardney 14 December 2016

Hybald of Bardney (d. 690)

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He was buried at the shrine of Hibaldstow,  which became a popular pilgrimage site throughout the Middle Ages.

Saint. Hybald, a Benedictine Abbot of Bardney, is known under various names (Higbald, Hibald, Hygbald). He is relatively unknown, save for a few passages of reference in Venerable Bede’s  Ecclesiastical History. Hybald is also called Hybald of Lindsey, though not in association with the episcopal see of Lindsey, but of the old Kingdom of Lindsey, a sub-kingdom of Northumbria situated between Witham and the Humber rivers. Lindsey was one of the most ancient of the Saxon kingdoms, already on decline by the time the mission of Augustine arrived.

According to St. Bede, Hybald was a companion or disciple of St. Chad of Mercia and became a monk due to the holy example of Chad. He is associated with the monastery and church of Bardney in Lincolnshire. Bardney seems to have originally been a missionary church of St. Chad founded in the Lincolnshire fens, and Hybald was its first abbot. Bede tells us that he was exceedingly abstemious in his behavior and was constantly speaking of the deeds of the fathers, both the desert fathers and those of England. He was buried at the shrine of Hibaldstow, a place that literally means “Hygbald is buried here” (pictured above), which became a popular pilgrimage site throughout the Middle Ages. [ more]


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